Alien Universe Timeline (with Predator and Blade Runner)
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If you ever need your fix of dark science fiction, look no further than the Alien Universe. In addition to the classic space-horror genre, certain franchises like Blade Runner and Predator may also be part of the equation. This is the Alien Universe timeline.

What’s on the Alien Universe timeline?

This timeline includes the primary entries in:

  • The Alien Franchise: Obviously the key part of this timeline is the Alien films and their tie-ins. While much of the old comics and books are no longer canon, much of the newer stuff is (similar to how Lucasfilm rebooted their expanded universe in 2014).
  • The Predator Franchise: First on this list is the Predator franchise, which are largely considered canon in this universe. However, they do often conflict with other pieces of canon in this universe. For example, The Predator should take place only a year before Blade Runner, but the two are obviously in a different place, technologically.
  • The Blade Runner Franchise: Ridley Scott confirmed that the Blade Runner films are part of the Alien Universe, so they are included as well, though as noted earlier, it does conflict a bit with the Predator films. Just roll with it.
  • Alien vs. Predator: While not canon, we do place the Alien vs. Predator films on this timeline just for fun. But keep in mind that they definitely DO NOT fit in the canon, especially since Xenomorphs are only created later in the timeline.
  • Firefly? There is some evidence to suggest that Firefly might take place some 200-ish years after the last entry on this timeline. While not included here, if you want to see it all in order, start with this timeline, then go visit our Firefly timeline.

What is Canon?

The Alien/Predator/Blade Runner franchises are littered with canonical holes and continuity problems. However, it is pretty clear that the primary Alien films, Predator films, Prometheus, and the Blade Runner films are all canon. The Alien vs Predator films are not canon, but I’ve included them anyway, just for fun. There are also a lot of video games, books, and comic books in the series. Most of these are non-canon, but Fox did endorse the recent two Alien video games as canon, so I’ve included those as well as a few more modern comics and books. So hopefully that’s not too confusing.

For those who want to see all of the comics and books that are part of the Alien/Predator timeline, I’m sorry there’s little I can do here, since this timeline focuses just on the canon. Little of the tie-in media has any care for continuity. But with pop culture’s recent glorification of “canon” there are some comics or novels that have become part of this timeline and we can expect more in the future. This timeline does, also, include the novelizations for certain films, so you can enjoy reading those at least. Here’s the Alien Universe story timeline.

1BuyPredatorFilmJohn McTiernan19871987-06-12
2BuyPredator 2FilmStephen Hopkins19971990-11-21
3BuyAlien vs PredatorFilmPaul W.S. Anderson20042004-08-13
4BuyAlien vs Predator RequiemFilmColin Strause, Greg Strause20042007-12-25
5BuyThe PredatorFilmShane Black20182018-09-14
6BuyPredatorsFilmNimród Antal2010-07-09
7BuyDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?NovelPhilip K. Dick20191968-04-04
8BuyBlade RunnerFilmRidley Scott20191982-06-25
9Blade Runner (game)GameJoseph D. Kucan20191997-11-03
10BuyBlade Runner (comic)Graphic NovelArchie Goodwin20191982-06-25
11BuyBlade Runner 2019, Vol. 1Graphic NovelMichael Green, Mike Johnson20192019-11-19
12BuyBlade Runner 2019, Vol. 2Graphic NovelMichael Green, Mike Johnson20192020-06-16
13BuyBlade Runner 2: The Edge of HumanNovelK.W. Jeter20191995-10-01
14BuyBlade Runner 3: Replicant NightNovelK.W. Jeter1997-10-01
15BuyBlade Runner 4: Eye and TalonNovelK.W. Jeter2001-11-30
16Blade Runner: Black Out 2022Short FilmShinichirō Watanabe20222017-09-27
17The Peter Weyland Files: TED Conference, 2023Short FilmLuke Scott20232012-10-09
182036: Nexus DawnShort FilmLuke Scott20362017-08-30
19BuySoldierFilmPaul W.S. Anderson20361998-10-23Considered as a spin-off of Blade Runner by the head writer, but otherwise not acknowledged as canon.
202048: Nowhere to RunShort FilmLuke Scott20482017-09-14
21BuyBlade Runner 2049FilmDenis Villeneuve20492017-10-06
22The Peter Weyland Files: Happy Birthday, DavidShort FilmLuke Scott20792012-10-09
23The Peter Weyland Files: Quiet Eye, Elizabeth ShawShort Film20892012-10-09
24The Peter Weyland Files: 'Prometheus' TransmissionShort FilmJohnny Hardstaff20912012-10-09
25BuyPrometheusFilmRidley Scott20932012-06-08
26Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The CrossingShort FilmRidley Scott20942017-04-22
27BuyAlien: Covenant - OriginsNovelAlan Dean Foster21032017-09-26
28Alien: Covenant - PhobosShort FilmToby Dye21032017-08-15
29Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last SupperShort FilmLuke Scott21042017-02-22
30BuyAlien: CovenantFilmRidley Scott21042017-05-19
31BuyAlien: Covenant - AdventShort FilmLuke Scott20142017-08-15
32Alien: Covenant - Meet WalterShort FilmLuke Scott2017-03-10
33BuyAlienFilmRidley Scott21221979-06-22
34BuyAlien (novel)NovelAlan Dean Foster21221979-03-29
35Alien: AloneShort FilmNoah Miller2019-04-26
36Alien: ContainmentShort FilmChris Reading2019-03-29
37Alien: HarvestShort FilmBenjamin Howdeshell2019-04-26
38Alien: Night ShiftShort FilmAidan Brezonick2019-04-12
39Alien OreShort FilmKailey Spear, Sam Spear2019-04-19
40Alien: SpecimenShort FilmKelsey Taylor2019-04-05
41Alien: Isolation (comic)Comic IssueDan Abnett, Dion Lay21372014-07-01
42BuyAlien: IsolationGameAlistair Hope21372014-10-07
43Alien: Isolation - The Digital SeriesWeb21372019-02-28
44BuyAliens: Defiance, Vol. 1Graphic NovelBrian Wood21382017-02-07
45BuyAliens: Defiance, Vol. 2Graphic NovelBrian Wood21382017-10-10
46BuyAliens: ResistanceGraphic NovelBrian Wood21402019-08-20
47BuyAlien: Out of the ShadowsNovelTim Lebbon21592014-01-28
48BuyAlien: Out of the Shadows (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs21792016-04-26
49BuyAlien: River of PainNovelChristopher Golden21792014-11-25
50BuyAlien: River of Pain (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs21792017-04-26
51BuyAliensFilmJames Cameron21791986-07-18
52BuyAlien: The Cold ForgeNovelAlex White21792018-04-24
53BuyAliens (novel)NovelAlan Dean Foster21791986-06-01
54BuyAlien 3FilmDavid Fincher21791992-05-22
55BuyAlien 3 (novel)NovelAlan Dean Foster21791992-06-11
56BuyAlien 3 (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs21792019-05-30Non-canon. Based on an unused script for the film.
57BuyAliens: Colonial MarinesGameBradley Thompson, David Weddle21792013-02-12
58BuyAliens: Dead OrbitGraphic NovelJames Stokoe22952018-04-03
59BuyAlien: ResurrectionFilmJean-Pierre Jeunet23811997-11-26
60BuyAlien: Resurrection (novel)NovelA.C. Crispin23811997-11-27
61BuyAlien: Sea of SorrowsNovelJames A. Moore24972014-07-22
62BuyAlien: Sea of Sorrows (audio)Audio DramaDirk Maggs24972018-04-26
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All comments.

  1. Michael

    I can’t switch to page 2

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Small bug. Should be fixed now.

  2. ring tone

    hey, what if theres two different timelines: alien/predator and alien/blade runner. It makes since, because all the ties are with alien, so theres nothing directly connecting predator and blade runner. this should remove lots of contradictions. Oh, and since Prometheus is what really ties alien and blade runner, then that would probably fall into the alien/blade runner timeline, along with alien covenant and associated short films. This would also remove most things making alien vs. predator noncanon. hope this helps

  3. Alien timeline

    Good timeline, but not a fan of including Blade Runner in here. Might as well include the Terminator movies as they are kind of connected through Cyberdyne/Hyperdyne.

    1. Jason Hamilton

      I only include them because Ridley Scott said they were part of the same universe.

  4. Fanworld

    Well, ridley scott does not take into account the 3 alien sequels since ridley scott only takes the first alien movie as canon because it was made by ridley scott even the ridley scott prequels contradict the xenomorphic queens for what the canon of ridley scott that coexist with blade runner, soldier, the ridley scott prequels of alien and the alien movie only the first and there is also the canon of aliens, predator, terminator, etc. in that canon the 3 sequels of aliens occur since the day of the judgment occurred in 2004 which in the alternate ending of alien resurrection show the ruins of paris which does not take into account the ridley scott prequels which are blade runner, soldier and the alien prequels